The Federal Skilled Worker program is the most popular program to obtain permanent resident status in Canada.
The Federal Skilled Worker program is focused on skilled foreign workers who have good language skills in English and/or French, and who have at least 1 year of full-time work experience over the last 10 years in a job listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) category 0, A, or B.
Furthermore, applicants need a secondary or post-secondary educational degree. The FSW program has a special point system based on six selection factors. The program is managed through the Express Entry process.
Minimum Requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker program
At least 1-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience over the last 10 years before applying in a skilled paid job listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) category 0 (Management Occupations), A (Occupations that usually require university education) or B (Occupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship training).
The Points System
The minimum points required to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program is 67. The points are based on 6 factors, outlined below.
The Application Process
The application is based on a three-step process:
- Meet the minimum requirements for the FSW program. This includes a score at least 67 points in the FSWP points system to gain access to Express Entry.
- Enter the Express Entry process. Through this online process FSW candidates with the strongest qualifications are invited to send in their application for Permanent Residence. To rank candidates the Express Entry selection process uses its own points-based selection process. The Express Entry pass score varies during each selection round.
- Apply for permanent residence.